Scores

Final

N Illinois 35

(5-1, 2-0 MAC)

Ball State 23

(3-3, 1-2 MAC)

3:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 7 7 1435
BALL 3 13 7 023

Top Performers

Passing: K. Wenning (BALL) - 434 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 29 CAR, 207 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Smith (BALL) - 14 REC, 146 YDS

N. Illinois 35, Ball St. 23

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jordan Lynch accounted for 402 yards and gave Northern Illinois the lead for good with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Daniels, and the Huskies defeated Ball State 35-23 on Saturday.

Northern Illinois (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American), which has won five straight after a season-opening loss to Iowa, trailed 23-14 after Keith Wenning's short TD run for the Cardinals (3-3, 1-2) in the third quarter. But Lynch, who ran for 207 yards on 29 carries, scored on a 12-yard run. With 4:58 to play, the TD pass to Daniels made it 28-23 Huskies. Lynch then sealed it with a 71-yard run, his third rushing TD, with 3:03 left.

Lynch was 16 of 23 for 195 yards and was not intercepted. Wenning attempted 71 passes for Ball State, completing 42, for 434 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Jamill Smith ran for 146 yards on just 14 attempts for the Cardinals.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
BALL
1st Downs2429
Total Yards509563
Passing195434
Rushing314129
Penalties9-817-70
3rd Down Conversions2-129-20
4th Down Conversions2-31-2
Turnovers23
Possession26:4833:12

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lynch16/231958.510
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wenning42/714346.112

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch292077.1371
Harris Jr.5469.2019
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards10656.5027
Banks11433.9010

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Daniels57815.6154
Wells34715.7024
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith1414610.4030
Fakes11988.9016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUBALL
TD04:03Jordan Lynch 29 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 70
FG00:31Steven Schott 20 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERNIUBALL
TD14:03Leighton Settle 1 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 143
FG09:22Steven Schott 27 Yd 146
TD03:19Willie Snead 12 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 1413
FG01:41Steven Schott 43 Yd 1416
THIRD QUARTERNIUBALL
TD12:24Keith Wenning 1 Yd Run (Steven Schott Kick) 1423
TD08:46Jordan Lynch 12 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 2123
FOURTH QUARTERNIUBALL
TD04:58Akeem Daniels 54 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 2823
TD03:03Jordan Lynch 71 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 3523